Luna Park Sydney entrance
Soap crew: Dave, me, Abs (I didn't get a chance to photograph the rest of the team, a rare moment because they were all in shirts, ties and suit... doh!)
The auditorium was decked out in a gorgeous underwater theme. Surprisingly, the 3D tropical underwater screensaver looked twice as stunning when projected. And the food? I would have expected more for a $2700 (10 person) table. However, my entree of cured salmon was divine... the pickled beetroot provided an interesting twist. I couldn't restrain my inner-foodie and also tasted a bit of the herb panna cotta. I thought it was overly rich with herbs and garlic but it would have made a delightful dip.
I've never enjoyed the taste of polenta so didn't enjoy my main dish as much as I could have if it had been served with the rosemary jus and sweet onion & potato mash (which was part of the alternative course). The grilled vegetables were a saviour -sweet potato, carrots, eggplant, capsicum and zucchini... and I was lucky to receive one of the more generous portions of pork cutlet. To give you an idea of the irregularity, my piece was almost twice as big as everyone else's hence although mine was cooked to perfection, others commented on the dryness.
And lastly, dessert... please excuse the sweaty eclairs which I did not try. The lemon meringue tart was heavenly but the others were pretty average.
Entree of herb panna cotta with wild rocket, shaved parmesan and lemon dressing
Entree, alternate course of Aquavit-cured salmon, pickled beetroot noodles, herb creme fraiche and parmesan wafer
Main course of oven-roasted chicken breast with sweet onion mash, rosemary jus and spring vegetables
Main, alternative course of three peppercorn crusted pork cutlets, soft white polenta and grilled vegetables
Selection of dessert canapes
By the way, Colenso BBDO ended up winning Interactive Agency of the Year. Boohoo.